Announcement of the 2023 TCOM Conference Chairperson
We are excited to announce and welcome this year’s TCOM Conference Chair:
Hi everyone! I am honored to serve as this year’s Program Committee Chair for the 2023 TCOM Conference in Lexington, Kentucky. My TCOM journey began more than seven years ago when I was first introduced to the CANS. I attended my first TCOM Conference in 2016 in New Jersey and have been able to share my experiences of implementing the CANS in Kentucky at conferences in 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021, and 2022. The TCOM Conference has always allowed me to learn from others and recommit to our work.
I spent several years working with youth in residential treatment and therapeutic foster care, first as a youth counselor/support staff and later as a clinician. In these roles, I was committed to providing trauma-informed care and support to youth who had endured significant trauma and were involved with the child welfare system.
For the past six years, I have worked as a Child Welfare Clinical Consultant in Kentucky. In this role, I worked with a team of professionals to implement a statewide standardized screening and assessment process for youth in out-of-home care, which we achieved in 2018. Since then, I have partnered with behavioral health providers and child welfare professionals across the state to integrate CANS data into their programs and daily work. I am currently pursuing a doctoral degree in social work, and if all goes according to plan, I will graduate in May 2024.
I am excited to be a part of the program committee again this year. I hope you will take some time to reflect on your work in the TCOM community and submit a proposal to share with others at this year’s conference. We want to hear what you have learned through implementation (the good and the bad), how you use your data, and what innovations you have discovered along the way.
I look forward to learning along with you at this year’s conference in Lexington!